Dembele could move on in 2017… Celtic star’s ex-team-mate speaks out

Lewis Holtby believes that Moussa Dembele could move away from Celtic after just one season in Scotland.

The German attacking midfielder played alongside the youngster briefly at Fulham as the Cottagers slipped to relegation in 2013/14.

Dembele made a few top tier appearances for the London club but really shone in the Championship before making a Bosman move to Celtic during the summer transfer window.

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The 20-year-old has made an excellent start to life north of the border, notching 11 goals in all competitions – including a hat-trick in the Old Firm Derby against Rangers and a double in Champions League action vs. Manchester City.

His form has attracted much attention, and, as quoted by the Daily Express, Holtby has delivered a worrying message for Celtic fans, claiming that he thinks this could be the Frenchman’s only season in Glasgow:

“In Dembele, Celtic have a real threat as he proved against Manchester City,

“I played with Moussa at Fulham and he’s a big talent. A lot of good things have been said about him and it’s all justified. I knew the first time I saw him he was a bit special. He was very young at Fulham when I was there, maybe only 18. But you could see his power even back then.

“He’s so strong and has an eye for goal. He can bury chances. He’s proved that already by scoring goals against City.

“I really believe this could be his last season at Celtic if he keeps scoring goals.

“Everything is rocketing for Moussa right now. He’s scoring for Celtic and France’s Under-21 team. He has a great manager in Brendan Rodgers, who knows how to keep young players determined and Moussa’s got that.

“He’ll go on to have a great career, there’s no doubt about that.”

Dembele has been capped twice at U-21 level by France, scoring two goals in the process.